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Soldiers practice combat water landing at Adventure Island

TAMPA — All that ruckus at Adventure Island was not your usual Monday morning.

Military personnel from from MacDill Air Force Base took over two pools to participate in a water survival training exercise.

The drill was designed to replicate conditions of water landing under combat conditions.

In one drill, a soldier covered by a parachute that landed on top of him had to find his way to safety. Other drills included swim rescues and lengthy underwater swim.

About 60 base personnel, fully dressed down to the boots, took part in two different pools.

Lifeguards also were in the pools in case anything went wrong.

A similar exercise will be replicated on Thursday in Tampa Bay when several personnel jump from an aircraft.

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